Donald Trump used official White House telephone place at least one call during the Capitol attack on January 6 last year this should were reflected in domestic presidential call log from that day but was not, according to two familiar sources with cause.
That former the president phoned of Republican Senator Mike Lee, with number written as 202-395-0000, a placeholder number that shows up when call comes from number of White House department phone numbers, the sources said.
Number matches official White House telephone call was directed by Donald Trump himself, which means call should were recorded in internal presidential call magazine that has been rotated over to the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol attack.
Trump call Lee was reported at the time, as well as his omission from call Washington Post and CBS magazine. But origin of in call as coming from official A previously unreported White House phone raises the possibility of falsification or removal by Trump White House officials.
This also seems to mark perhaps the most serious breach of Presidential Records Act – law that mandates preservation of White House records relating to presidential official duties – by the Trump White House regarding the January 6 records to date.
representative for Trump did not immediately respond to the request. for comment.
Trump called Lee at 2:26 p.m. on January 6 through official 202-395-0000 White House number, according to call detailed records verified by the Guardian and confirmation from two sources who said on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive issues.
That call was notable for Trump dialing Lee by mistake, thinking it was a number for Republican Senator Tommy Tuberville. Lee handed the phone to Tuberville, who told Trump that Mike Pence just was removed from the Senate floor when the rioters stormed the Capitol.
But Trump call Lee was not recorded in either the presidential diary or the presidential call magazine – a problem because even though the records in daily diary are discretionary, according to several current as well as former White House officials call no log.
The president’s daily diary is a retrospective record of president’s day prepared by aides in oval office, who have some influence to determine whether a particular event was significant enough to justify its inclusion, officials said.
But the presidential call log, usually generated from data recorded from calls from the White House. operators should be comprehensive record of all incoming and outgoing calls involving the president through White House channels, officials said.
That fact that Trump call to Lee was sent through official White House telephone with prefix 202-395 – or via a landline phone in West Wing, seat of the White House or “work”mobile phone” means details of this call should Was on in call Journal.
The only case when call may not reflect on unclassified president call magazine, according to officials, would be if call was classified, which would seem unlikely in a business of in call to Lee. Absence of Trump call Lee suggests a serious breach in protocol as well as possible Manipulation, officials say.
It wasn’t right away clear how Trump White House official can confuse or fake with presidential call magazine or who may have the authority to do so.
Trump calls on January 6 might not have been recorded in presidential call log in if he used his personal phone or mobile phones of aides, officials said, and Trump sometimes called people with mobile phone of his then Deputy White House Chief of staff, Dan Scavino.
But a few current as well as former White House officials noted that the copy of in call magazine – along with the president’s diary schedule and a presidential line-by-line document – may be provided to the Oval Office for help compose the President’s daily diary.
What could lead to a situation where records are vulnerable to falsification, since the President’s daily diary and call magazine needs approval senior White House official before they can be sent to the White House office of Document management, officials said.
And by that time of January 6, two former Trump White House officials say there are opportunities for political interference in saving records, with no White House staff secretary officially appointed after the departure of Derek Lyons on December 18th.
White House Communications Agency also was not immune from political influence, as the special committee showed last yearwhen is found evidence that the agency produced a letter that was to be used to pressure states to de-certify Joe Biden’s election. win.
Trump call Lee wasn’t the only one call went missing due to an unexplained seven-hour hiatus in presidential call enter that day. trump, for example, also connected with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy as Capitol attack expanded.
Presidential Daily and Presidential call the magazine has been rotated over to a special committee of the National Archives after the Supreme Court refused last-reject Trump’s request to block the publication of White House Papers panel.